Founded in 1804, Kazan Federal University is the second oldest university in the Russian Federation. An internationally acknowledged centre of academic excellence, it is routinely listed among the 5 to 10 best institutions of higher education in the country. The history of KFU is associated with many world-renowned figures, like the father of non-Euclidian geometry, Nikolai Lobachevsky; the writer, Leo Tolstoy; the discoverer of the Antarctic, Ivan Simonov; the founder of organic chemistry, Alexander Butlerov; a father of modern linguistics, Ivan Baudouin de Courtenay; the discoverer of electron spin resonance, Evgeniy Zavoisky; and the Soviet leader Vladimir Ulianov, otherwise known as Lenin. Today many of our graduates are prominent politicians, famous professionals, successful businessmen and distinguished scholars working in a variety of countries.
The University stands out as one of the architectural diamonds in the centre of the 1,000 year-old city of Kazan, the capital of the Republic of Tatarstan and a city populated by 1.2 million people, mostly Russians and Tatars. While located in the same time zone as Moscow, Kazan straddles Europe and Asia on the left bank of the great Volga River, some 500 miles east of Russia’s capital. To reach the city from Moscow takes an hour by plane, overnight by train or four-days by a leisurely boat ride down the main waterway of Russia’s heartland.
The main centre of higher education for a vast region, KFU has 17 faculties and 105 academic departments. It has over 14,000 full-time students, who follow 54 major degree programs and many more ‘specializations’. With about 250 full professors and 900 associate and assistant professors, KFU offers one of the best student-to-teacher ratios in the country.
The University carefully preserves the traditions of its world renowned scientific schools of mathematics, physics, chemistry, biology, and linguistics. Over the last decade it has succeeded in promoting state-of-the art research in the areas of computing and environmental sciences, as well as social and cultural studies, often taking advantage of interdisciplinary approaches.
KFU continues to serve as a leading national research centre, providing its students and staff, as well as academic visitors, with many laboratories, excellent museums, a botanical garden, research field stations, three astronomic observatories and many other facilities. Our Lobachevsky Library, containing over five million works, is one of the largest and oldest in Russia. The University also has IT centers, publishing houses and a recreational centre that is at the heart of the cultural and sporting life of the city.
The University is a recognized leader in international cooperation. Each year KFU members win dozens of grants from international foundations, involving themselves in projects with cutting-edge research centres in many countries. Our students and professors actively participate in bilateral research and educational exchange programs with about 50 partner institutions in more than 20 countries.
Academic visitors from all over the world are attracted by both the University’s reputation and the cultural richness of Kazan and Tatarstan. The number of visitors to KFU has increased following the University’s 200th anniversary in November 2004 and the city’s millennium celebrations in August 2005, both of which were celebrated as Russian national events.